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Sacramento Symphonic Winds' Small Ensembles
Many of the members of the Sacramento Symphonic Winds perform in small instrumental ensembles as well. These smaller groups perform independently from our full symphonic band and are typically available to provide music for weddings, funerals, parties, events, conventions, etc. where a smaller, more intimate musical experience is appropriate.
Each of the associate ensembles listed below includes at least one musician from the SSW as a member. Click on the group's listed contact person to receive further information or to arrange a booking.
In the boxes below you will find more information about many of these ensembles.
Heavy Metal Tuba Quartet
You never knew tubas could sound like this!
The unique timbre of a tuba quartet features two euphoniums + two tubas. This group, founded in 2003, plays everything from Bach to Joplin, John Williams and "Carry On, My Wayward Son."
George & Mary Rose Preston, Dave Katz, and Bill Carmody
Sacramento Brass Quintet
The Sacramento Brass Quintet was formed in 2010 and is comprised entirely of musicians from the Sacramento Symphonic Winds. From its inception The Sacramento Brass Quintet's objective has been to perform in smaller forums providing its members the ability to feature their respective instruments.
Sacramento Brass Quintet members include, Maurice Montgomery – trumpet,   Les Corbin – trumpet,   Dave Ahrens – horn,   Les Lehr – trombone   and Bruce Nye – tuba.
We have all played professionally in differing degrees and have the ability to play a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz and contemporary music as written for quintet.
The Sacramento Brass Quintet can provide provide a unique musical atmosphere for corporate events, holiday celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, art shows or any special occasion.
Toot Sweet Brass Co.
Toot Sweet Brass Co. is a quintet of professional and semi-professional brass musicians featuring Mike Koons, Erik Rose, Cristine Hancock, George Preston, and Bill Carmody.
Founded in 2008, we play contemporary pieces written for brass quintet as well as arrangements of older and modern classics.
With our variety of music and virtuoso interpretations, we bring an enjoyably different meaning to the concept of "chamber music."
You'll find more about Toot Sweet Brass Co, including some audio samples,
at our web page.